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Paramedics urge MPPs to support workers affected by trauma Staff

Renfrew County Paramedics joined dozens more from all across Ontario at Queen’s Park Tuesday to lobby for help for their members suffering from

work-related stress. The Paramedics urged MPPs from all three political parties to support legislation, namely, Bill 2, making it much easier for paramedics profoundly affected by acute and chronic exposure

to traumatic events to receive benefits. Bill 2 proposes changes to the Workplace Safety Insurance Act that would recognize post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a work-related injury

for paramedics and other emergency responders. “As it stands now, paramedics often deal with the effects of trauma on their own,” said Chris Day, a Renfrew County paramedic and acting chair of


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the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario paramedic workers committee. “Many feel abandoned. It’s important that PTSD is considered a work-related injury. “I look at it as a tool box,” said Day. “Bill 2 is one of the tools that will give first responders the ability to receive the treatment they need, without having to worry about the financial barriers.” Although employee assistance programs can provide some support, there’s often a cap on how much help a first responder can access. Day explained his group scheduled presentations with the MPPs in the morning, meetings in the afternoon and then attended question period. Along with Bill 2, the CUPE group addressed the Fire Medic program. “We feel paramedics need to be responding in

ambulances as well as first response vehicles,” said Day. “We are the professionals with the level of training, skills and equipment to provide excellent patient care and not just arriving on scene ahead of somebody.” Renfrew-NipissingPembroke MPP John Yakabuski has been supportive of the efforts, said Day. “I met with John back in February and had a very positive and fruitful conversation and he is very much in support of Bill 2,” said Day. “He is all for getting Bill 2 passed and it being one of the tools that is necessary to help first responders.” Members of the public can help by contacting their local MPPs and there is a petition, so far containing 4,500 signatures, that can be signed. Contact Day at to find out how to sign the petition.

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Arnprior’s Nick Smith Centre is going to the dogs this weekend. The Arnprior Canine Association’s annual show takes over both arenas Friday through Sunday (May 8-10). Hundreds of dogs of many different breeds and their owners will take part, vying to be best in show. Among the specialty

shows this year is the Softcoated Wheaten Terrier show at 10 a.m. Saturday and the Dachshund Club show at 1 p.m. Saturday. There is also an all-breed sweepstakes Saturday and a junior handling competition Sunday at noon. With about 700 entries, the three-day show will provide a major boost to Arnprior businesses.

Arnprior to host blood donor clinic May 13 With people flooding into the outdoors to enjoy the arrival of warm weather (finally), there is bound to be accidents and the need for blood will almost certainly grow. With that in mind, Canadian Blood Services is urging donor to book an appointment for next week’s Arnprior clinic.

As usual, the Rotary Club of Arnprior will be sponsoring the clinic, which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 at the Nick Smith Centre. Donors can book an appointment between 1:30 and 4 p.m. and 5 and 6:30 p.m. by calling 1-888-2366283 or online at www.


Arnprior Chronicle-Guide May 7, 2015